Filmmaker reels over great collaborative editing on Vision Pro


Vision Pro film editing
Apparently this is what film editing looks like now.
Photo: Jon M. Cho

A filmmaker stuck at home during LA’s recent epic rainfall, unable to go to his editing room, said he used Evercast on an Apple Vision Pro to edit an entire feature film with another remote editor. He said he found the experience of Vision Pro video editing revelatory.

“I need to repeat this out loud,” director Jon M. Chu wrote Monday on X. “I was in it for HOURS editing on a virtual giant screen (the size of a real movie screen) a major motion picture from the comfort of my house. With no headache. I can’t tell you what a revelation this was.”

His post on X got 252,000 views and garnered a reply from a co-founder of collaborative video editing platform Evercast.

Vision Pro video editing with Evercast

Released just last week, Apple Vision Pro continues to get rave reviews for watching movies, especially in immersive 3D. But how is Vision Pro for video editing and getting other real work done?

Filmmaker Chu said he and his editor worked remotely to edit the film Wicked using collaboration software Evercast on Vision Pro.

“This is big stakes cutting-edge productivity work that is available to use today! I am still shook,” Chu enthused. “I don’t think people fully realize the amount of workflow breakthroughs I think the VisionPro will lead to. This is not an ad. Just me being excited about technology and creativity. Hail to the nerds and artists.”

Oculus ‘not the same’

Unsurprisingly, someone brought up existing headsets, like those made by Meta. And others accused Chu of making an ad for Apple despite his statement to the contrary.

“Y’all know this technology and its use case has been available since the time of Oculus right?” snarked a commenter.

“I had Oculus, I had HTC Vive with room sensors mounted, I had Quest 1, 2 and 3…. It’s not the same,” Chu replied. “I thought it would be. This crosses some ambiguous threshold that goes from concept to usable and actually additive to the creative process. I can’t explain it. And this is still a 1.0 product.”

Another commenter agreed with Chu, saying, “Totally agree. I’ve had them all as well. AVP is so different and truly magical. I don’t remember waking up in the morning excited to put on my Quest 3 or Index. Tim Cook and team has knocked it outta the park. Truly game changing.”

And others added funny remarks, like this one: “This reminds me of when people would say to me, ‘Yeah but there were other MP3 players before the iPod’ or be all gung-ho about the Zune.”

Evercast co-founder replies

Evercast co-founder Brad Thomas spotted Chu’s post and replied to it. He also praised the Vision Pro’s video editing capabilities.

“I’ve been a big VR user for many years and last year when we had a chance to try our app on the actual Vision Pro itself, I saw the future as well,” Thomas wrote. “For specific use cases (like collaborating on Evercast to make movies), it turns the experience into something truly epic and engaging that even a large TV screen can’t replicate. I believe part of it is the number of pixels they fit into each eye along with the fact that it’s so well integrated into the Apple ecosystem. Additionally, because of the processing power the Vision Pro has, Evercast is able to perform like it should.”


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